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Week of November 20

Praying that you enjoy this Thanksgiving Break and reflect on the wonderful ways in which God continues to bless us!
Religion - 8th - Reading Lincoln's Proclamation of Thanksgiving for our country and comparing it to the Catechism of the Catholic Church's definition of Eucharist! The similarities are amazing!
Religion - 6th - Working on cards for parents.
Reading - 6th - Reading more of Bud, Not Buddy.  Students must have Vocab Workshop pages finished by November 20th.
The test for Vocab Workshop will be given on Tuesday, November 21.

Week of November 6

Religion - 8th Gr - We are working on the four marks of the Catholic Church, the first being ONE. This week we are looking into and discussing ten of the encyclicals that had an impact on our Church and in the world. We will take a look at the time period in which they were written and discuss why the popes would have felt the need to write them when they did. 
Religion - 6th Gr. - We are reading about Jacob and how he was chosen by God to keep the covenant promises.
Reading - 6th Gr. - We hope to finish our novel, A Year Down Yonder and discuss the character development of both Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdel.
 
ALL 8TH GRADE STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE THEIR PERMISSION SLIPS AND $15.00 FOR OUR CHURCH PILGRIMAGE TURNED IN THIS WEEK.

Week of October 30

This week is going to keep us on our toes! Tuesday is All Hallow's Eve. Wednesday is All Saints' Day and our retreat day with Net Ministries! Thursday we will have Mass for All Souls' Day! Friday is the St. Andrew Convention. We will try to get some lessons in...Here's what might happen:
8th Grade Religion - Chapter 6 We begin discussing the Four Marks of the Catholic Church. The first mark is ONE.
You should have received the permission slip for our Church Pilgrimage. Make sure these come in by November 3rd!
6th Grade Religion - We are discussing Jacob's story this week.
6th Grade Reading - We are enjoying A Year Down Yonder.

Week of October 23

Here's what's going on:
8th Grade Religion - We are beginning Chapter 5, discussing the importance of the structure of our churches and how they reflected the community where they were built. The students were given their permission slips for our Church Pilgrimage that will take place on November 15th. The cost is 15.00. If anyone finds this to be a difficulty at this time, please notify me.
6th Grade Religion - We are moving into Unit 2, where we will learn about Abraham and Sarah.
6th Grade Reading - We have begun our second novel, A Year Down Yonder. It is a chance to take a look at the author, Richard Peck and some of his writing traits!

Week of October 9

Looking forward to our All School Mass on Friday, which is also the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima! We will be praying the Rosary before Mass and even having a Benediction after. How blessed we are!
8th Gr Religion - We will listen to presentations of the saints and finish our chapter on Prayer.
6th Gr Religion - We are finishing up Chapter 3, discovering how God is the creator of all that is good!
6th Gr Reading - We finish our novel, A Long Way From Chicago and discuss the themes that Richard Peck explored.

Week of October 2 - Month of the Holy Rosary

This week begins the month of October and the Church honors Our Blessed Mother because this is the Month of the Holy Rosary! Our Lady of Fatima's message is to pray the rosary often. Take up the practice of praying the rosary each day. She promises many graces to those who do!
All of my Religion classes will be spending time at Adoration this week. Come pray with us on Wednesday as we sit with Jesus present in the Eucharist. Your children will tell you how great it is to open their hearts to our Lord; to be in silence! What a gift!
 
8th Gr Religion - We test over Chapter 3 and will be introduced to Prayer in Chapter 4. Please bring your rosaries to class this week. We will plan to pray them!  Fr. Chris and Catherine Fasano (our Youth Minister) will be in class on Thursday as we present the 4th session of Altaration. 
6th Gr Religion - We begin discussions about how everything that is created by God is good. We will talk about what it really means to be made in God's image. We will talk about how evolution is a part of our faith and exactly how that fits into Sacred Scripture. There is also comparisons made of the two stories of creation in the book of Genesis! Hope to have Fr. Chris join us to talk about how humans are different from all God's other creations!
6th Gr Reading - We will be correcting Unit 2 Vocabulary Workshop exercises and the test will be on Wednesday, Oct 4th! We will read our novel, A Long Way From Chicago  and work on vocab from the story. Our Free Read Friday worked very well so we will do it again this week. 

Week of September 19

Welcome back to the 6th Graders!! I hope that Camp Kern was a memorable time for you filled with much learning and lots of fun. I would also like to thank Mrs. Jean Frey for spending time with the 8th graders on Friday making rosaries and sharing the story of Fatima with them. The rosaries they made were beautiful! Here's what's happening this week:
 
8th Grade Religion - Students will be tested on the Morning Offering Prayer and we finish Chapter 2 with a Quiz! We take a look at Chapter 3 which identifies the 7 Precepts of the Church. As a quick review of the Old Testament there will be a Bible Hunt.
 
6th Grade Religion - We are finishing Chapter 2, so expect a quiz and the students must have the Morning Offering Prayer memorized with a quiz later this week. In Chapter 3 we discuss what it means to be made in God's image.
We will also review Sunday's Readings.
 
6th Grade Reading - We continue with our class novel, A Long Way From Chicago and take a look at how Richard Peck has changed our views about Grandma Dowdel! We'll also look at his use of figurative language, especially idioms!

Week of Sept 5

 Today marks the first anniversary of one of my favorite saints, St. Teresa of Calcutta! I just loved how she emphasized how precious life is from the moment of conception to a life's nature death. What courage she had!
 
Religion 8 - We discuss the images of Church. We also will have Fr. Chris Geiger coming into the classroom on Thursday. We are beginning a 4-part series on the Mass.
 
Religion 6 - We will be discussing the actual make-up of the Bible - how it is divided into books; writing styles of the Books; a way to know God better. This week we will take some time to create a Bible Bookmark for use this year.
 
Reading 6 - We are working our way through A Long Way from Chicago and discussing character development and figurative language as we go along! I have also had the children on easyCBM which helps determine comprehension levels, as well as digitalREADS. This online website provides short non-fiction reads that check comprehension and build vocabulary.

Week of August 28

 Religion 8th Grade - Introduction to our text...discussions about what is 'church' to us. 8A is planning the Mass this Wednesday. Come pray with us!
 
Religion 6th Grade - Introduction to our text... discussions about God's plan for us because of His love for us!
 
Reading 6th Grade - Beginning our novel A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck. We will take a look at plot and character development

Week of May 15

Here's what is happening:
Religion: We finish our prophets of the Old Testament (Chapter 23) and take a look at what this all has to do with our relationship with Jesus (Chapter 24).
Math - 7Y - We are taking a look at graphing linear equations.
Math - 7X - We are still working on graphing linear systems.
Math - 6X -  We finish our chapter on Ratios and Proportions and work on review of year.